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Rep. Chu Statement on Shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh

October 29, 2018
Press Release

PASADENA, CA — Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) released the following statement in response to Saturday’s shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, where a shooter took eleven lives:

“I am heartbroken for the victims, families, and congregation of Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. The terrorist attack there was an attack on every Jewish community. It will not succeed.

“This was an act of hatred by a man acting alone. We will fight back with unity, a community standing together. The very value that man hates is the very value we hold most dear: That all of us are created equal. And we will not stop working to improve the world and seek justice.

“The hatred that inspired that man is a poison. The antidote is right here. Here in Southern California, we know our diversity is our strength.  And so we will fight any attempt to use fear to divide us. It’s time to stop using words like enemies in order stir up violent xenophobia. Messages of enemies make people look for enemies. And we know from our own history that that there are too many tragic examples of where that leads. Sadly, now so does another generation.

“Not one more generation should grow up knowing fear of prejudice. There is no place for hate here. That is why it is time to end the campaign of fear and hate and to pass gun laws that prevent those inspired by hate from acting on it.

“I will always stand against attempts to divide us or make us afraid. We are stronger together.”